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Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten

Werner Herzog, Denis Reichle West Germany, 1984

Zachary W's rating of the film Ballad of the Little Soldier

Ballad of the Little Soldier is composed mostly of interviews and training exercises, not the harsh landscapes of Herzog's usual work, and this is part of what gives it its uneasy edge. There are no ready solutions for the Misquitos in the face of Sandinista oppression, and Herzog doesn't back away from the paradox of Indigenous liberation being tied up with the American-led anti-communist movement in Nicaragua.